As we stand at the threshold of a new year, the challenges of the past twelve months – a lingering recession, too few jobs for BAC members, and political uncertainty – will undoubtedly continue to test us in the coming months.
And while the outlook for the United States’ economic recovery may appear somewhat cloudy, BAC’s mission is crystal clear. Delegates to the 2010 Convention, in reinforcing a proactive IU Executive Board agenda, set a decisive path for our Union in the year ahead: fighting for every BAC job, preserving our members’ pensions and retirement security, and protecting hard-earned health care benefits. (See complete summary of Convention resolutions)
Not even these trying times, however, can diminish the skill, integrity and indomitable spirit of BAC members. That spirit flies off the page in this issue’s “Giving BACk to Our Communities” (pages 17-19), which represents only a fraction of the countless hours of civic service and charitable work that BAC apprentices, journey-level members and retirees contribute on a regular basis throughout North America, no matter what the shape the economy is in.
There is no more appropriate way to close out this year and begin a new one than by saluting our Union’s greatest resource and strength – our members. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication, and on behalf of the IU Executive Board, I wish you and your families peace, good health and happiness in 2011.
We encourage you to share a special story about a job you worked on or what being a BAC member means to you or to your family. Be sure to include a photograph. Please send by mail or email to:
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